FAMOUS ASSAULT PROP NOT A MARTEN
The 33-year-old suspect in an assault that made national news by holding a dead marten while striking a man in the face is no naturalist. Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers says the weasel like animal the man was holding during Monday night’s assault was actually a mink, also a member of the weasel family. Myers says the Department of Fish and Wildlife reports that Martens have not been seen in the Grays Harbor area for 50 to 60 years. The suspect adamantly claimed the animal he was carrying was a marten, going as far as to correct arresting officers when they called it a weasel.